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As an undergrad, I wanted to study law and make a heap of money. One of my friends suggested that I take a couple of philosophy classes, and so I did. My first philosophy class was a course in formal logic, taught by a philosopher from Austria who barely spoke English. That class was really good. My second class was a course on moral philosophy, taught by a philosopher who thought that there was no such thing as moral knowledge. From then on I was hooked. Those classes ensured that I would neither be a lawyer nor rich. I went on to graduate school near my home, and now I'm living in Minnesota after having lived in southern California my whole life. The faculty at Bethel told me that I would enjoy the warm winters here.
My interests include early modern philosophy (Descartes through Hume), epistemology and cognitive science, the curious, lasting power of utilitarian moral philosophy, and the intersections between philosophy and popular culture.
“The Irrelevance of Resemblance for Lockian Perception of Bodies.” Locke
Studies: An Annual Journal of Locke Research (2004): 123-43.
“The Logic and Mill's Infamous Proof in Utilitarianism.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (November, 2008): 773-88.
"Wearing Your Values on Your Sleeve," in Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style, edited by Jessica Wolfendale and Jeanette Kennett (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
"Friendship on 30 Rock: what a Greek philosopher can tell us about companionship," in 30 Rock and Philosophy, edited by Jeremy J. Wisnewski (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
"Training Your Inner Thin-Slicer." Forthcoming in Psych and Philosophy, Open Court, 2013.
"Feuerbach's Naturalistic Humanism and the Reinterpretation of Evil." Forthcoming in The History of Evil, Volume IV, Acumen Press, 2013.